Craftsmen gather in St. Petersburg

Published Feb. 25, 2000|Updated Sept. 26, 2005

Florida Craftsmen's annual four-day conference comes to St. Petersburg March 9-12, bringing in fine crafts and creators from throughout the nation. With them come opportunities for professionals and the public to explore artistic expression.

While professionals, students and others may register for the entire conference or a single day, at rates varying from $55 (student) to $275 (nonmember attending several workshops), the public may sit in on the Saturday, March 11, keynote lecture by Mark Leach at 9:30 a.m., followed by presenters' slide shows at 10:30 a.m. at no charge.

Leach, director of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, served as juror for the 47th Florida Craftsmen Exhibition. Morning events take place at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N.

Also free and open to the public are:

"Inventions & Constructions: New Baskets," opening reception 6-9 p.m. March 9 at Florida Craftsmen, 501 Central Ave.;

"47th Florida Craftsmen Statewide Exhibition," opening reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 10 at the Arts Center, 719 Central Ave.;

Downtown Art Association monthly gallery walk, including both exhibits, 6-9 p.m. March 11.

The conference, organized by Florida Craftsmen, is held in different cities throughout Florida. This year it is hosted by the Arts Center.

Florida Craftsmen is a non-profit organization established in 1952 and dedicated to promoting quality crafts statewide. Its only retail sales gallery is in St. Petersburg.

For information, call (727) 821-7391.